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Josiah Thomas

African Studies

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
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In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
A great education is well rounded; African Studies can be a supplement to any major.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I have African heritage but realized that I knew nothing about Africa besides what is portrayed in the media.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Try to just enjoy the class, no need to stress out. Read every day and show up to class and all will be well.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
It gives me the information needed to understand and accommodate for the global world we live in today. We must learn beyond our own personal culture to effectively change the world.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Don’t Stress, Finesse. Stress isn’t good for anything, it will only hinder your progress. Yes, it is important to try and excel in everything you do but at the end of the day the name of the game is survival.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
African Christianity, it was a small class of 6 but the discussion and debates were lively, class was always enjoyable.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I plan to be an entrepreneur of sorts. I have many business ideas and opportunities I plan to execute in the coming years.

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